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R-EACTR: A Framework for Designing Realistic Cyber Warfare Exercises

Technical Report
R-EACTR is a design framework for cyber warfare exercises. It ensures that designs of team-based exercises factor realism into all aspects of the participant experience.
Publisher

Software Engineering Institute

CMU/SEI Report Number
CMU/SEI-2017-TR-005

Abstract

As the cyberspace domain expands into nearly every aspect of military operations, leaders are challenged to provide valuable training and exercises to a growing number of cyber units. In order to be valuable, the exercise experience must feel realistic. This report introduces a design framework for cyber warfare exercises called Realistic - Environment, Adversary, Communications, Tactics, and Roles (R-EACTR). The R-EACTR framework places realism at the forefront of every cyber warfare exercise design decision. This report also describes challenges involved in creating military cyber exercises, a framework for building realism into each aspect of the exercise, and a case study of one exercise where the framework was successfully employed.

Cite This Technical Report

Dobson, G., Podnar, T., Cerini, A., & Osterritter, L. (2017, September 29). R-EACTR: A Framework for Designing Realistic Cyber Warfare Exercises. (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2017-TR-005). Retrieved December 2, 2023, from https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/r-eactr-a-framework-for-designing-realistic-cyber-warfare-exercises/.

@techreport{dobson_2017,
author={Dobson, Geoffrey and Podnar, Thomas and Cerini, Adam and Osterritter, Luke},
title={R-EACTR: A Framework for Designing Realistic Cyber Warfare Exercises},
month={Sep},
year={2017},
number={CMU/SEI-2017-TR-005},
howpublished={Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library},
url={https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/r-eactr-a-framework-for-designing-realistic-cyber-warfare-exercises/},
note={Accessed: 2023-Dec-2}
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Dobson, Geoffrey, Thomas Podnar, Adam Cerini, and Luke Osterritter. "R-EACTR: A Framework for Designing Realistic Cyber Warfare Exercises." (CMU/SEI-2017-TR-005). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, September 29, 2017. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/r-eactr-a-framework-for-designing-realistic-cyber-warfare-exercises/.

G. Dobson, T. Podnar, A. Cerini, and L. Osterritter, "R-EACTR: A Framework for Designing Realistic Cyber Warfare Exercises," Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library. Software Engineering Institute, Technical Report CMU/SEI-2017-TR-005, 29-Sep-2017 [Online]. Available: https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/r-eactr-a-framework-for-designing-realistic-cyber-warfare-exercises/. [Accessed: 2-Dec-2023].

Dobson, Geoffrey, Thomas Podnar, Adam Cerini, and Luke Osterritter. "R-EACTR: A Framework for Designing Realistic Cyber Warfare Exercises." (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2017-TR-005). Carnegie Mellon University, Software Engineering Institute's Digital Library, Software Engineering Institute, 29 Sep. 2017. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/r-eactr-a-framework-for-designing-realistic-cyber-warfare-exercises/. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Dobson, Geoffrey; Podnar, Thomas; Cerini, Adam; & Osterritter, Luke. R-EACTR: A Framework for Designing Realistic Cyber Warfare Exercises. CMU/SEI-2017-TR-005. Software Engineering Institute. 2017. https://insights.sei.cmu.edu/library/r-eactr-a-framework-for-designing-realistic-cyber-warfare-exercises/